The Latest: Police say white nationalist turns himself in – Washington Post

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Latest on protests against Confederate monuments that have occurred in the aftermath of deadly violence at a Virginia rally by white nationalists (all times local):

11:05 p.m.

Police report a white nationalist who says he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense on the campus of the University of Virginia has turned himself in.

Campus police issued a statement late Wednesday saying Christopher Cantwell of Keene, New Hampshire, was taken into custody at the police department in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Cantwell was wanted on three felony charges: two counts of the illegal use of tear gas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a “caustic substance,” explosive or fire.

A brief university police statement says Cantwell was being held at a regional jail in Lynchburg pending transport to Charlottesville. It wasn’t immediately known if Cantwell has a lawyer.

Contacted Tuesday by The Associated Press, Cantwell acknowledged he had pepper-sprayed a counter demonstrator during an Aug. 11 protest, a day before a deadly demonstration in Charlottesville. He insisted he was defending himself, saying he did it “because my only other option was knocking out his teeth.” He said he looked forward to his day in court.


7:10 p.m.

Who’s responsible for the 135-year-old Confederate monument in front of Florida’s Old Capitol? It depends on who you ask.

Amid a national debate over Confederate statues and memorials, state officials are in a disagreement over who is charge of the memorial to local Confederate soldiers that was placed on the Capitol grounds in 1882.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott said this week said that it’s up to the Florida Legislature to decide whether or not to remove the monument. The Scott administration maintains that the monument is an exhibit attached to a museum inside the Old Capitol run by the Legislature.

But Katie Betta, a spokeswoman for Senate President Joe Negron, said Wednesday the museum has no ownership papers for the monument and it is not one of the museum’s exhibits.


5 p.m.

The Republican Party of Virginia has apologized for tweeting that Democratic candidate for governor Ralph Northam had “turned his back on his own family’s heritage” by supporting the removal of Confederate monuments.

The state GOP party deleted the messages Wednesday and posted an apology, saying the tweets “were interpreted in a way we never intended.”

Executive Director John Findlay told the Washington Post that the party felt Northam was betraying his family’s legacy because his great-grandfather had fought for the Confederacy.

The tweets were widely panned as offensive. The fate of Confederate monuments has become a prominent issue in Virginia’s gubernatorial contest following a deadly white nationalist rally over a Confederate statue in Charlottesville earlier this month.


3:15 p.m.

Two statues of Confederate generals in Charlottesville have been shrouded with large black tarps.

Workers started covering a monument of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Wednesday afternoon and then moved on to one of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The statues are in city parks near downtown.

The tarps were secured with tape and ropes with sand anchors.

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